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Today I Learned #2: Gone for a Wiki Walk

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by aimeeandbeatles, Apr 27, 2020.

  1. rah

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    So a slightly different definition. Interesting.
     
  2. Imaus

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    TIL of the Lost Nationalist Army in Burma. Short of it: Chinese Nationalist forces fall back to Burma after the civil war and keep launching attacks into Yunnan up to the 60s. Burma, of course, hates this; they eventually have to shoot down a plane from Taiwan with American gear, and Taiwan pulls out what it can which is still around 4 thousand troops, with some hundreds dispersing into Laos and Thailand. Oh sure most of those might be Chinese who fled from Yunnan, but some of those guys probably had been fighting since the 30s or so.

    Just imaging a disconnected army fighting for decades across a hostile country, in another country that is shooting you, in those hills.... It's one of those odd Military adventures like the Rwandans airlifting troops in airliners to attack Kinshasa or Israel attacking Uganda through Sudan and other escapades that I haven't seen yet.

    And this was because there's a claim out there the Nationalists fought with the Communists in the 80s against the Vietnamese for the Parcels, but I can't find anything about that....
     
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  3. r16

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    that is more likely to be 1974 or so when the Chinese (Reds) sank a South Vietnamese warship or two , ı think . 1979 was hard on both China and Vietnam and they had Cambodia as a proxy battlefield already .
     
  4. aimeeandbeatles

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    Otherwise known as NYC in July.
     
  6. Arakhor

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    I suspect that you may be exaggerating ever so slightly. ;)
     
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    It's hard to find nice things on a four-sided cow.
    Take your pants down, and make it happen. :eekdance:
     
  11. Ajidica

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    Sub-Saharan Africa is full of odd military adventures. In the context of Africa's World War, you got Ugandan and Rwandan troops openly shooting at each other in Kinshasa while both forces were supposed to be there as allies in support of the Kabila government. Some other oddities include:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katangese_Gendarmerie

    You also have instances like the Kaymanyola Brigade in Zaire, which despite Zaire being a staunch western ally and benefited from frequent western military intervention of Mobutu's government (during the Shaba I and II conflicts), was reliant on North Korean trained divisions to provide the only real striking power in the Zairian army.
    https://books.google.com/books?id=XvtDAgAAQBAJ&pg=RA2-PA312&lpg=RA2-PA312&dq=kaymanyola+brigade+zaire&source=bl&ots=qHl6XlF2nT&sig=ACfU3U0qnvaXPWHzMAJJGES2W--zz0FcNw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjem_mbnNjpAhWbW80KHT8eDMgQ6AEwAHoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=kaymanyola brigade zaire&f=false

    There is also the time during the Angolan Civil Wars when the Marxist MPLA used Marxist Cuban troops to defend Chevron oil platforms in Cabinda from Marxist Cabindan rebels.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_for_the_Liberation_of_the_Enclave_of_Cabinda

    Of course, when its Marc Almond doing a cover of that song, you can't be sure he didn't actually change the lyrics.
     
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    Now I know what's going on with your gaming.
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    Dr. @EgonSpengler, do your thing!
     
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    TIL you can find histories of a lot of Canadian radio stations this website.
     
  15. Zkribbler

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    Antibiotics negate birth control. :eek: My generation launched the sexual revolution. Ypu'd think sometime in the last 60 years, I have heard that. :faint:
     
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    Had not heard it myself, so looked it up, and it's not *that* bad. Some antibiotics will make the pill probably less effective.
    But interesting though. I'll check with someone from my old department, maybe someone's interested.
     
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    :hatsoff: Thanx for the clarification, J.
     
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    I would still not rely on the pill if any of these antibiotics are taken, and I find this fact very interesting, just FYI :).
     
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    TIL about Francis Crozier, 2nd-in-command of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition to discover the NW Passage.
    I was inspired to look by the names of 3 minor characters in the Madaddam trilogy, Shackleton, Oates and Crozier.
     
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    I learned about this because of Mafia. :p @Dolbster
     
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